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so why do people like this show so much?


I am not here to criticize - I too have enjoyed the series. But I mean, let's face it: both Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are weak actors, the writing is at best mediocre, and the 8.8 this show has on IMDB is hugely overrated (and 100% on Rotten Tomatoes for season 1, really?).

But just how does all that add up to something so enjoyable?

This show is definitely more than the sum of its parts.



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I find it entertaining because of the nostalgia and love I have for the original movies after having watched them countless times growing up. I like how they were able to continue the story from those, bring back old characters, and make you think differently about Daniel and Johnny.

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This is exactly my answer too

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YUP...THATS THE CORRECT ANSWER.^

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There's a joy and a guilty pleasure to this series that is hard to put your thumb on. For starters, the nostalgia factor is huge. The movies had an innocent charm to them that endures....and this series pays homage to that. I like that this series doesn't spoof or goof on the movies and the characters. Instead....it's respectful while also being fun and even touching.

You don't get many shows or movies these days that can do that. Too often, every show has to be hard-edged, over the top or otherwordly, in order to compete with everything else out there. This one...kept it simple, and knew that the charms of the characters and cannon would be enough.

You KNEW it would be nice to see Daniel again...and the respect he has for Mr. Miyagi and his teachings. One of the pleasant surprises has been Johnny. The way William Z. returns to the character and plays him as an adult is brilliant. For a simple guy, Johnny is played very nuanced.....conflicted....sometimes honorable and cool, sometimes a jerk, and often times...funny as hell! But never a cliche or cardboard cutout. This Johnny...has heart. A likeable badguy. It takes a good actor to create that.

The show just kinda sucks you in, and makes you feel good. It maybe even takes you back to a better time in your life. Ahhh, the 80's. Now....if we can just get Miami Vice back. :)

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Very well put.

It's just that I was never even a fan of the original movies (and I don't think I saw any beyond the first one), so this took me by surprise.

I can't believe I am so invested now into what happens on this show!


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Well said.

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It's just entertaining. There's the right mix of action, comedy, drama.

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I watched Teenage Bounty Hunters right before this, and it had all of those things too, and yet I don't find myself impatiently waiting for the next season of that one. Even if it gets canceled entirely (and because of the pandemic I'd say the likelihood of that is high), I don't see how it would affect me.

If this show is not completed, however, right now I feel that it would cause me to feel the same way I did about the cancellation of Daredevil.


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I just do.
Perhaps it is because I grew up watching Karate Kid and Karate Kid II and it is a good continuation of that story to see how they turned out, how Johnny is resurrecting the Cobra Kai and how he is changing as a person and getting his life together, seeing how Daniel is now a teacher and he is trying to pass on what he learned from Mr. M. It is entertaining to see the drama of their lives seeming to constantly collide and we, the audience see and know the full story and we know that they really should be friends but there are constantly misunderstandings about what is going on from each of their camps and what their motives are.

I find it quite believable....other than the part to where, in real life, all of these strong, athletic, quick martial artists would have destroyed Danny, he never looked like he trained hard to be a believable fighter, the actor training to pass as someone who is formidable at Karate. Johnny, that actor looks formidable. Ralph M. looks like an actor pretending that he is good at Karate. William Z. he looks like he really could kick some butt in real life. He looked that way in 1984 too.

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In the first movie William Zabka and Ralph Macchio were given crash courses in martial arts, but Zabka eventually became a Tang Soo Do practitioner where Macchio never continued his training

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Nostalgia and it's funny and hell.

I enjoy how non p.c. Johnny is.

Anything less politically correct is hilarious.

Majority of new stuff today is very generic.

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I think Zabka and Macchio are decent enough actors for their roles. Their characters are probably given more depth here than in any of the movies. The twists can be fun and, of course, there's the nostalgia factor.

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I think Zabka and Macchio are decent enough actors for their roles.

Yeah, they are okay for these roles.

But I mean, they are very, very far removed from the likes of Sean Penn and Michael Fassbender.


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It's really nostalgia. Ever since Karate Kid III in 1989 I've wanted to see what became of Daniel LaRusso. And of course we all wanted to see Johnny again after his brief appearance in the second film. It's a joy to see these characters again.

But yes, the show sucks. I am a reluctant fan who has been unable to turn away. It's a strange situation. Loving and hating a show all at the same time.

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It brings back memories of the 80s, a great decade.

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